We will start the day romantically on the main embankment of Pskov. We'll take a leisurely walk past the towers and churches of the Pskov Kremlin and go further.
In the Summer Garden, which proudly bears the name of Alexander Sergeyevich, a monument to the poet and his faithful nanny Arina Rodionovna is movingly raised. The height of the sculpture is almost 5 meters, 3 m 15 cm of which is the height of Pushkin.
It's time for breakfast at last. Let's do it in the café-confectionery, located in the building of the 17th century merchant chambers. The menu includes oat and rice porridge, icing and plowing, cheese and pancakes.
There's a gas station coming up. If you are tired, make a comfortable stop - come for a coffee!
We got to the Pushkin Mountains. Perhaps this is the main point of our journey. Our first stop was Mikhailovskoye Estate, which belonged to Alexander Sergeyevich's mother. The poet spent two lingering years in exile here. In a modest "disgraced house" he wrote about 100 works, including the central chapters "Eugene Onegin" and "Boris Godunov. Let's take a look at the poet's desk in the main house, look into a wooden casket of Arina Rodionovna in the nanny's house, walk along the alley of Anna Kern. Important: the museum is closed on Mondays and the last Tuesday of each month. Up-to-date information about the tours can be clarified by phone, indicated on the official website of the museum.
Break for the best cup of coffee in the area. We advise you to choose from branded beverages: Trigorsk coffee on the basis of espresso, Aspuschino on the basis of espresso and milk, Stolbushinsky raff on the basis of espresso and spicy sbiten. The drink can be supplemented with fresh baked goods or tempting cakes from the shop window.
We will distract ourselves for an hour from the main character of our trip and visit the house of Sergei Dovlatov, where in the summer of 1977, the writer-enturist spent his summer "holidays", working as a guide in the Pushkin Mountains. You can read about it in his autobiographical novel "Reserve". Important: from May to September the museum works without weekends, at the rest of the time it is worth to know the mode of work by phone number indicated on the official website of the museum. It is also possible to specify the possibility of conducting the excursion there.
On February 6, 1837 Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin was delivered to the walls of the Holy Assumption Cathedral from St. Petersburg. His grandfather, grandmother and brother were also buried here.
Alexander Sergeyevich was a frequent guest of the monastery. He raced to fairs, took books in the monastery library, was friendly with the brotherhood and abbot. The poet's observations of the monastery life were reflected in "Boris Godunov". Let us pray at the miracle-working icon of the Mother of God Hodegetria and put a candle for the rest of the soul of the Servant of God boyar Alexander.
Perhaps the best restaurant for dinner in the Pushkin Mountains. This way! The cuisine of the restaurant is famous for cooking dishes from game, lake fish, gifts of the nearby forest. We recommend to pay attention to beef tongue with celery puree, pork ribs with caramelized plum, moose steak stuffed with ricotta and mushrooms.
The program has been completed to the maximum for today, we are going to gather strength with a calm conscience. Important: If possible, we recommend you to book accommodation in the Pushkin Mountains in advance, as demand for it is high and the choice of hotels and apartments is limited.